Friday, 6 March 2015

GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box - March Spoilers + PROMO CODE

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How Much? $35/month, $99/3months, $180/6months + $7 shipping per box (US$) What’s in it? A themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world

Each month, GlobeIn delivers “the globe in  a box” - a themed collection of artisan-made products from around the world. GlobeIn introduces you to products that you can feel good about - they are often organic, fair-trade, and support artisans and farmers from around the world.       

I last reviewed the GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box in November 2014. Since then, GlobeIn completely changed the subscription service. Instead of a box of items by a certain artist or from a certain region, GlobeIn now puts together a monthly box of handmade items, curated around a central theme. They also eliminated the different box options (formerly Global Home, Statement Jewellery, Awesome & Expected), in favour of a single themed box each month. So far the themes have been Refresh, Tribal, and Kitchen. The new subscription model comes with a slightly higher price, but Canadians will be happy to know the shipping cost was reduced!

One of the great things about the new GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box is that they release the theme and some spoilers prior to shipping. The theme for the March box is Sustain
March brings a box of eco-friendly surprises -- goods and goodies that promise a better life for you, your family and the planet. We've curated a special collection of items that you're certain to use, reuse and enjoy.
Over the last few weeks GlobeIn has released quite a few spoilers via e-mail. I've compiled them all together to help you decide if this box is for you.

Sweet Riot 65% Dark Chocolate Cacao Nibs (Columbia, 1oz, $3.75)

In pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, cacao beans were the gold standard for all currency and trade. And for good reason. Besides their great taste, cacao is fragile, ecologically sensitive and grows best in only the purest conditions.
The Sustain Box promises a pure cacao sampling from the source. Our Columbian dark chocolate nibs are farmer-friendly and easy on the earth. They're just one small piece of eco-awesomeness!

Upcycled Coconut Bowl (Vietnam, $14)

These upcycled, food-safe bowls give fresh purpose to discarded coconut shells. Saving the shells from the burn pile saves greenhouse gas emissions while giving you a carbon-friendly way to enjoy your meal. (Assorted colors)
Prana Market Tote (India, $5)

You can trace this Fair Trade tote all the way back to its seed. Organic “intercropping” techniques promote biodiversity and give growers food security in their own backyard.
Volcano Rice (Indonesia, 15oz $4.69)
This antioxidant-packed rice is grown in the volcanic soils of West Java, Indonesia. Conventional rice irrigation consumes 1/3 of the world's fresh water. The sustainably grown blend we've selected produces 3x the crop yield over conventional farming while consuming 1/2 as much water.

Eco Lips Relieve Soothing Lip Balm (Brazil, $5.99)
Help your lips feel revived and alive with this ultra-nourishing balm. The herbal mint infusion will awaken your senses while chia seed oil, sourced from South America, will hydrate and protect your lips from the elements.

And, as always, the GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box items come packed inside a reusable palm leaf basket from Mexico (value $12). The total retail value for this box is $45.43 US!

If the March "Sustain" collection from the GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box interests you, you can save 25% off your first box by entering promo code WELCOME at checkout. Boxes start shipping March 16th.

Click here to check out GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

BuddhiBox Review - February 2015 - Eco-Lifestyle Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? BuddhiBox
How Much? $30.95 per month, plus $9.99 shipping to Canada (US$)
What’s in it? Mix of 4-6 full-size products and product samples to enrich mind, body, and soul.

BuddhiBox is a subscription service for yoga lovers. The goal of BuddhiBox is to deliver "monthly mindfulness through a curated box of products that enhance your yoga practice and lifestyle". Each month you will receive items that enrich mind, body, and soul. Items may include healthy food, supplements, beauty products, and yoga accessories. A monthly BuddhiBox will include 4-6 products for you to discover and share. Even if you don't practice yoga, BuddhiBox is for people who enjoy a peaceful and mindful existence. BuddhiBox practices Saucha (living purely) and only partners with businesses that follow ethical and conscious standards in production. They also donate a portion of proceeds to charity.

If $41 US per month is too much for you, BuddhiBox also offers a mini version. For only $11.95 per month, plus shipping, you can get 2-3 product samples and coupons. This review is for a regular box.

Product card

Each box includes a yoga pose card, an inspirational quote, and a recipe. This month we will be making Vegetarian Taco Salad and practicing the Wheel/Upward Bow Pose. It's a back bend pose that looks a little too advanced for my current yoga skill level.

First look

The first look is a good reminder to tell you about the new BuddhiBox Jewelery Box. It's a new quarterly subscription that sends mala beads, stones, and inspirational jewelry. It's $49.95 per quarter (plus $9.99 shipping) and includes 2-3 jewelry pieces "handmade with loving intention from local artisans". Click here to learn more. 

Soul Sparks Karma Yoga Bracelet in Midnight ($4)
Keep your circle positive. Say good words, think good thoughts, do good deeds. Wear this (Adjustable) Karma Yoga Bracelet to remind you that what goes around comes around.
I really like the simplicity of this bracelet, and the message it conveys. 

Chakra Love Crystal Talismal Energy Necklace in Jasper ($22)
Powerful but petite, handcrafted talisman chakra energy necklace. Designed with a healing stone to bring balance to one or more chakras. Seattle made by Chakra Love. Jasper – Shades of green, oval shape. Stimulates the heart chakra for love, compassion, and balance. Nurtures self acceptance.
This is another lovely piece with meaning and I am happy to receive the Jasper stone.

Chuao Choclatier ChocoPod Mini Bars in Spicy Maya and Potato Chip (11g x 2, $2)
Chocolate! I've tried the Potato Chip one before and it was okay. The texture was odd but the saltiness was great. I need to get my hands on the Ravishing Rocky Road and  Oh My S'Mores! As for the ChocoPods, the Spicy Maya only has 50 calories, and the Potato Chip only has 60! It's a sinful treat, without any guilt. They're shaped like large cocoa beans, about two inches high by one inch wide. The Spicy Maya was delicious. Creamy and chocolatey with just a hint of chili spice.

House of Good Juju Aura Cleansing Soy Candle Sample (0.5oz Tealight, $1.25)
The Aura Cleansing Candle can help cleanse and restore your Aura! Your Aura is always reflecting your emotions and feelings. A healthy, balanced Aura suggests a happier soul, displaying your own well-being and harmony. By using this Candle, you can return your Aura to true harmony. Clearing away the webs of stress and unhappiness, it helps you to regain your balance and positivity - letting you shine brighter than before. 
I've never put much thought into the state of my Aura. I will have to give this candle a try and see if I feel any different! A full size comes in a 6oz tin for $15.

Kiss My Honey Lip Balm in Mint ($4)
Kiss My Honey’s lip balm is preservative free, chemical free, and Paraben free. Soothes and hydrates. Locally made in Las Vegas NV.
Lip balm is always handy to have and this one is organic too! The website and card say it's chocolate scent but my tube says mint.

OM Prayer Scarf in Marigold ($20)
Direct from Shiva Arts in India, our Om Prayer Scarves are made from a fine rayon and viscose fabric. Printed with Om symbol and scroll letters, you can wear them as an accessory or in mediation.
I was excited to see we would be getting a scarf in the February box, but unfortunately the yellow colour is not for me. I have red hair, so this will look a little Ronald McDonald on me...The white one is gorgeous though.

The February BuddhiBox contained eight items, with an approximate retail value of $53.25 US. It's a lovely collection of meaningful and inspirational items, and some chocolate for added smiles. While the bracelet and necklace are not things I would have bought on my own, I'm happy with both and plan to add them into my accessory collection. The scarf is a bit too bold for me to use as intended, but it might make a perfect sarong for the beach. I enjoyed opening the February BuddhiBox.

If the February box peaks your interest, it's available for one-time purchase from the Buddhi store. Click here to check it out. Partial proceeds from the February box go to Live + Breathe, a non-profit organization that offers yoga to advance health and wellness to those with disabilities, elderly, and youth.

Ready to sign up for your own subscription? Save  $3 off a month-to-month subscription using promo code buddhifriend at checkout.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Sprezza Box Review - February 2015 - Men's Subscription Box

This box was provided complimentary for review.
What is it? SprezzaBox
How Much? $28 per month plus $6 shipping to Canada (US$)
What’s in it? 4-5 menswear accessories/grooming products to help you get dapper

SprezzaBox is a subscription box for men that sends 4-5 products each month to help men add more style to their wardrobes. Each box will contain 3-4 menswear items, plus a grooming product. SprezzaBox is geared towards the "modern corporate man, everyday dapper gent ", or just those looking to spruce themselves up once in a while!
A typical box will have an awesome tie, socks, a key accessory and some fancy grooming product. But don't worry, we will surprise you with the occasional pocket square, bow tie, cuff links, or other stylish products.
SprezzaBox offers month-to-month, 3 month, 6 month, and 12 month terms. The multi-month terms are non-recurring, which means your subscription ends at the end of your term. The month-to-month term continues until you cancel.

There was three variations for the February box. All had the same items, but different colour combinations. Unfortunately there is no customization. I received Box 3. You can check out all the past boxes here. The February boxes are also available for one-time purchase, while supplies last.

First look - lots of blue!

Marcella Socks ($8 retail)
Marcella Custom is a custom apparel retailer delivering quality suits and shirts at reasonable prices. The recent launch of their sock line has got us excited. They have designed a lower cut dress sock which avoids your modern fit pants from riding up and getting stuck.
The Tie Maker Necktie ($25 retail)
The Tie Maker has curated the perfect collection of all the essential ties you need but don't want to pay a fortune for. They make simple, high quality products accessible to everybody by cutting out all the middlemen. This classic tie is perfect for the corporate man, or for any occasion where you need to dress dapperly. Their latest collection is currently on Kickstarter at a steep discount. (linked above)

Salt + Dapper Crepe Lapel Flower ($9 retail)
You would be surprised by how much character the smallest accessories can add to your outfit. Traditionally, lapel flowers are worn on the left, near the heart and adds a nice touch.

Salt + Dapper Waxed Cotton Dress Shoelaces in Navy ($6 retail)
Salt + Dapper is a lifestyle brand based out of Long Island, NY and creates items for the modern gentleman. Don't forgot to change out your laces every 6-12 months to stay looking fresh.

ZIRH Soothe Aftershave (3ml Sample)
The high end post shave solution is one of a kind. Use immediately after shaving and simply rub it on for a soothing feel. This will help calm redness and razor bumps. ZIRH is the go to grooming brand for celebrities, athletes, and the everyday man that appreciates a premium product.

The February SprezzaBox included five items with a retail value of $48 US. This box costs $34 US with shipping. I like how all the items are coordinated so they can be used together. I also like that they have items to keep you looking stylish from tip to toe. Something for the face, things for the body, and things for the feet. It's a complete accessory kit to make a basic, boring suit look more interesting, stylish and dapper! I only wish there was a way to customize the box a bit, even just to select colour preferences. These items are a little too corporate and GQ for the men in my life, so I will be passing this collection on to a family friend. This is right up his alley. He's a master of the J-Crew sleeve roll and rocks a pocket square like you wouldn't believe. To see how some other great looking men have been styling the items from this month's box, check out the SprezzaBox Instagram.

Click here to check out SprezzaBox.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Bowzer Box Review - February 2015 - Canadian Pet Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

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What is it? Bowzer Box
How Much? $29/month CDN, plus $4.50 shipping per box. Save on 3 & 6 month subscriptions.
What's in it? 5-6 items such as dog treats, toys, and accessories

Bowzer Box is a Canadian based subscription box for dogs. Bowzer Box caters to all dogs - small, medium, or large. Subscriptions start at $29 per month. You can save by pre-paying for a 3 or 6 month subscription. Shipping is an additional $4.50 per box. Bowzer Box includes a variety of handpicked items including toys, treats, samples, and coupons from various brands. Every box is unique and each one will highlight a Canadian product. Bowzer Box also donates a portion of proceeds to animal related charities.

It's Bowzer's birthday! What a year it's been... and to top it off, the card has a cryptic message that there is "some exciting stuff happening this year" and we should all stay tuned!

Hare of the Dog Rabbit Jerky Stick ($3.99)
100% All-Natural Ameican-Made Treats. There is no better treat for your best friend than what Mother Nature intended - RABBIT!
This is a new one... I've never received a rabbit treat. I'm sure the pooches will love it.

JW Pet Crackle Head Skippy Squirrel (Medium, $8.95) 
Patent pending cracklin' bottle ball inside each plush head. Stuffing free plush toy. Crackle and crunch sound. Squeaking toy.
Maisey the Aussie Shepherd cross loved this toy. The head has a recycled water bottle inside that crackles and the tail has a squeeker. Perfect! Check out my Instagram for a video of her playing with it (here). Someone posted a comment that their squeeker was chewed out of the tail pretty quickly though.

Brainy Cakes Sweet Potato Chips ($5)
Loaded with Vitamin A, it has been said that sweet potatoes also have some anti-inflammatory benefits! Super snack all around.
I've received sweet potato dog treats before and my mom's dogs didn't care for them. These ones went to Maisey, who seems to eat everything.

Amelia Biscuit Company Ice Cream Cone Cookies (2 cookies, ~$4)
Amelia Biscuits are made from hand selected, all natural, human grade ingredients, and fresh from the farm Canadian fruit and vegetables. Our tough biscuits contain a unique blend of nutritious ancient grains such as organic spelt flour and stone ground millet- these grains not only taste great but they also help keep your dog’s teeth naturally clean and healthy.
Happy Birthday cookies from Amelia Biscuit! Their cookies are always the cutest.

Hero Dog Treats Dehydrated Lamb Liver (125g, $10.99)
100-Percent canadian, made in Canada by Canadians for Canadians. Uses only federally or provincially inspected human grade animals products. We support veterans and/or their families through employment and sponsor the Canadian Service Dog Foundation.
Dehydrated treats from HDT is always a hit. These ones were just as popular, but the pieces are HUGE and had to be broken up a bit for easy munching. 

The February birthday Bowzer Box contained five products, plus a party hat! February is mostly treats with one toy this month, so not a great variety of items. All the food items are all-natural and high quality, which you can count on with Bowzer Box. The approximate value is $34. Since a month-to-month subscription costs $33.50 with shipping, your best is to go for a longer term subscription to get more value. A six month term works out to $27.50 per box, with shipping.

If you are interested in trying Bowzer Box, you can save 10% off your first month's box. Just enter promo code CDNBOX at checkout and 10% will be deducted from your total.  

 Click here to check out Bowzer Box.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag Review - February 2015 - Beauty Subscription Box

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What is it? Ipsy Glam Bag
How Much? $10 per month, plus $4.95 shipping to Canada (US$)
What’s in it?  4-5 beauty products every month 

Ipsy is a San Francisco based beauty subscription that sends a beautiful Glam Bag filled with with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Once you've received your Glam Bag, you can head over to the Ipsy Community to watch tutorial videos and play along with the Ipsy stylists, using the same products they are using.

The theme for February is Ipsy Love.
Love is just a word... Until you find someone or something to give it meaning.  This February we're celebrating warm hugs, butterflies in your stomach, a new favorite blush, your best friend's tweets - LOVE is all its wondrous forms and ways to express it. 
Rob Scheppy for 'Tini Beauty Eye Shadow in Pearl Fizz (1.7g, $6.46)
The must-have shimmering beige powder shadow from the palette designed for 'Tini Beauty by Hollywood makeup artist Rob Scheppy. Creative force behind Kim Kardashian's most memorable looks, Rob crafted Pearl Fizz as the perfect shade to highlight brow bones, add dimension to lids and illuminate the eyes.
I've never heard of Rob Scheppy, but apparently he's Kim Kardashian's makeup artist. Is this how people get famous these days? I like this colour and I will probably use it. The shadow is only available in a pallet, so price estimate is based on a full size pallet weighing 10.4g for $39.50.

Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray (1oz, $3)
Get the ultimate blowout with this multi-tasking spray! The light-weight formula adds volume and texture to hair, while protecting against heat for healthier styling. 
I like other Eva NYC products I've tried, but this spray does not smell great. It's a great sample size for travel though.

Cargo Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Anguilla (4.5ml, $6.40)
 A new generation of Cargo’s lip gloss. Its super high shine gloss delivers intense color payoff and locks in moisture to keep lips feeling hydrated. This longwearing lip gloss has a slick texture that feels creamy gliding over lips without being sticky. Ingredients such as Vitamin E and Jojoba Seed oil help increase lip moisture and decrease the appearance of furrows around the mouth while increasing lip volume to its maximum fullness.
This is not my shade of pink so I will be passing on this one. This was a hard sample to price because the tube says 4.5ml/4.5g but the website for the full size product says 2.5ml. How does a full size contain 2ml less than a sample? I estimate the sample to be 2.5 times smaller than a full size (which is $16), so I based my price estimate on that.

JOYA Composition No. 1 Parfum Oil (1.5ml, $4.50)
JOYA Composition No. 1 is a luscious perfume oil in a beautiful and convenient roll-on travel-sized bottle: fruity, floral, creamy, citrus, a little musk, a lot refreshing. Perfume oil, unlike traditional alcohol-based fragrances, whispers instead of screaming. JOYA parfum realizes the true essences of its top, heart and drydown notes and gently absorbs on the skin of each wearer, making for an intimate and personal experience. Composition No. 1 interacts with your own chemistry and smells different on everyone and is sure to make an impression.
I normally don't like fragrance samples but I like this one for two reasons. One it's a roller ball. A teeny, tiny roller ball and two, it smells nice. Fresh and citrus-y.

ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini (3.6g full size, $22)
ModelCo’s BLUSH Cheek Powder creates a beaming, rosy glow to brighten every complexion. The micronized color pigments and luxurious, pressed powder delivers a sheer, natural radiance that lasts all day. BLUSH Cheek Powder's chic compact is easy-to-use and perfect for beauty touch ups on-the-go
This might be my new blush of choice when my Nars Orgasm runs out. It's a peachy pink so it's a good shade for my skin tone.

My February #ipsyLOVE Glam Bag included five items, with a retail value over $42 US. It is worth noting that I paid $19.61 CDN for this bag. With the current exchange rate, the $14.95 US charge isn't quite as appealing anymore. I can't say I love any of the items in here, but there are a few I'm anxious to try. The eye shadow and blush have potential, as does the perfume oil. I think I will pass the lip gloss onto someone who will appreciate it more and I'm undecided on the hair spray. This month I received one full size product, and four deluxe samples. The February bag consisted of three cosmetics, one hair product, and one fragrance. I'm going to hold on to Ipsy a while longer to see what else they have in store, but if the Canadian dollar continues to drop, it may not be worth it to continue with Ipsy.

Click here to check out Ipsy and get your own Ipsy Glam Bag.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Bath Time Box - March PROMO CODES!

What is it? Bath Time Box
How Much? $29 per month, including shipping (US$)
What’s in it?  At least 5 full size and deluxe samples of handpicked bath products delivered every month

Bath Time Box is a Canadian subscription box, based in Alberta, that sends an assortment of natural and handmade bath and body products each month. Designed and curated with the bath lover in mind, each Bath Time Box contains 5 full and deluxe sample sized bath products carefully chosen to take your bath time to the next level. 
Check out my review of the February Bath Time Box here.

If you are interested in trying it out, there are a couple promo codes offered for the month of March:
  • MARCH20 will get you 20% off your first month on a month-to-month term
  • THREEFORFREE will get you a special gift when you purchase a 3-month subscription. The gift is the "All Natural Lip Lovers Gift Set" and contains a Strawberry Lip Lovers Lip Scrub (2oz) and a lip balm (0.25oz, assorted flavours).
Click here to check out Bath Time Box.


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What is it? GLOSSYBOX
How much? $21/month plus $5 shipping (US). Save on 3, 6, & 12 month subscriptions.
What's in it? 5
surprise luxury beauty products packaged in a glossy pink gift box

The March Glossybox sneak peek, gift with purchase, and promo codes have been released. First up, the gift with purchase. New subscribers will receive a Loose Colour Concentrate in "Smote" from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics when they use promo code OCCSMOTE at checkout. Use this to apply shimmer on the eyes, lips, cheeks and anywhere else on the face or body for a sleek, eye-catching look. This product has a retail value of $14. See more about it here.

Next we have the sneak peek for this month - and there will be some variety. Glossybox says "most subscribers will receive both the Ouidad Shampoo and the Ouidad Conditioner, however, some versions of this month's box will have the other shampoos from the photo". It looks like this month is all about hair.

The main products are:

If winter has left your hair feeling dry, give it some tender lovin’ care. This nutritive blend of apricot oil and honey infuses antioxidants and protects color from fading. Use the shampoo to remove daily mineral deposits, and the conditioner to protect against dehydration for healthy-looking, radiant hair. FULL SIZE $10.00 / 2.5 OZ (each)
Alternative products are:
  • Quidad Shine Glaze Serum (2.5oz, 
  • Quidad 12 Minute Deep Treatment (2.5oz)
  • Nexxus Color Assure Rebalancing Shampoo (Full size is 8.5oz - Glossybox size unconfirmed)
  • RICH Hair Care Pure Luxury Intense Moisture Shampoo (2.7oz)
None of these products offer an incredibly high value, so I'm very curious to see what else the March box has in store.

Now for the promo codes:

If the gift with purchase promo doesn't interst you, new subscribers can receive 15% off their first box using promo code MARCHGB15. This code is good until March 15th. And don't forget, you can still get 20% off ANY subscription term until March 3 by using promo code OPRAH. Keep in mind you can only use one promo code, so you can either go for the discount, or the free gift. If you sign up in March, you will receive the March box, while supplies last.

Click here to check out Glossybox.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

And the winners are...

Congratulations to Terrilynn E. and Janice P. for winning my 2 Year Blog-iversary Giveaway! Terrilynn and Janice will both receive 3-month gift subscriptions to Birchbox Canada!  

Thank you to all who entered. I read each and every comment and I'm in the process of replying to each one as well. Many of you left very kind and thoughtful comments, and I truly appreciate it. I am also taking your suggestions and review requests under advisement. There will be lots of new boxes showcased in 2015!

Once again, thank you for reading and helping to make my first two years a success. 

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